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2021 Battery-Electric Bus Procurement

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https://service.ariba.com/Discovery.aw/125032043/aw?awh=r&awssk=9BxdSuo6&awrdt=1#

Summary of what was posted onto the Ariba site: 

6 buses in the base order

  •  ...as was discussed in the March 2019 board meeting), all by Q2 2021

Options for 9 more buses, but by Q4 2021

  • Tight scheduling

Some more pointers:

  • The stop request strips seem to be normal across all bus orders moving forward
  • Same thing for the USB ports
  • If this order (+ options) goes through, Vancouver will have 19 battery-electric buses. This is enough to operate route #100 with electric buses and have a few set aside as a spare ratio.
  • With regards to the 2019 trial, XE40 #19303 seems to have shown the most consistency among the 3 other buses. 
  • The Transit Strike of 2019 may or may not have put a large dent in overall bus maintenance in Hamilton Transit Centre (where these electric buses are kept). I'm led to believe that there is a bigger backlog for units needing larger repairs (19114//major windshield damage comes to mind as it's been sitting at HTC for God knows how long)

The response deadline is February 27, 2019.

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If the fleet does rise to 19, I suspect they will need to increase the number of charging posts, maybe having at least two in each terminal loop. Other cities have much higher ratios of chargers to buses than 1:10.  The risk is, for example, traffic delays cause two buses to arrive in quick succession at Marpole loop. Operationally you would want both buses to get a charge at the same time.

Not sure that the strike would have had that much to do with low turnout, with only 19303 performing regularly. IIRC there were only one or two buses out on any one day even before the strike. Wouldn't the sort of items that have caused problems be specialised items handled by a separate technical team? I'm thinking power control units or specialised software for example. Backlogs of routine items wouldn't have caused the other 3 to be off the road for weeks, would they? This is a star project and I can't imagine that board members would be happy for these buses to be left in a backlog maintenance line.

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Is there room for two Chargers at both ends of the 100 route? They just spent a lot of effort on making 22nd Street station a lot nicer, i don't think they want to rip it up just to create another charger in loop. 

 

Is there room to expand the loop by one extra bus Bay? Or slip the next charger up against the fence? 

 

If i were paying all this money to install a charger and make a loop look nicer, i wouldn't want to rip/tear it up in spots again just to install more stuff.

But hey if it has to be done it's gotta be done!

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It was just a suggestion. It would probably be fairly easy to add one at Marpole loop. What level of disruption at 22nd St? If I recall correctly the existing charging station is back from the actual route 100 departure bay. Perhaps just install another of the posts with the inverted pantograph at the route 100 departure bay. Disruption would just be to dig a trench for a cable from the substation. 

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